Rest In Peace Wonderful Woman

I remember the day in 2007 I walked into the office of Late Prof Dora Akunyili with the very lofty idea of inviting her to my art exhibition and for some strange reason I believed I could do it even when every single person told me I could not. Not only did she receive me with so much warmth and motherly love; she believed in my dream and supported me. Little did she know what difference that made to my confidence as a woman. She was a giant who accomplished so much in her very short time on earth.  She was a pharmacist and governmental administrator who gained international recognition and won several awards for her work in pharmacology, public health and human rights.

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It is a New Year......now what?

Challenges are meant to bring out the best in us and I am glad they are doing just that in my life. After receiving the news of my father's death, all I wanted to do was paint...paint and paint some more. Grief comes with it an array of feelings and there is no one best way of dealing with it. For me, talking about my feelings helped but what brought tremendous amount of healing was painting.  I spent the weeks following his death painting. Something was unlocked somewhere and there was a great outflow of inspiration. I wonder; is that why many of the great masters had very sad and unhappy lives? Why is sadness and grief always closely associated with great inspiration?

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